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Meet our Portsmouth Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

Our tutors and staff in Portsmouth consist of passionate educators who love inspiring children to succeed. Warm, caring and great at relating to kids, our tutors in Portsmouth know how to engage and motivate each child in a personal way—building confidence and smiles, as well as skills and better scores. We selectively choose tutors who know local curriculum and can link Sylvan lessons to what’s being taught in school. Get to know our tutors and staff in Portsmouth!

  • Sarah Bailey Gagnon, Center Director

    Sarah Bailey Gagnon

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Sarah welcomes new and returning families to Sylvan and leads all aspects of enrollment for Sylvan of Portsmouth, NH as well as our satellite location in Rochester, NH. A former third grade teacher in Maine, Sarah chose a career at Sylvan because she loves the challenge of personalizing students' lessons to meet their needs. She graduated from University of New England with degrees in Education and Psychology. When Sarah isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her enjoying time with her puggle, Khloe, and her husband, Martin, or traveling with any spare time she has!
  • Krista Martin, Executive Director

    Krista Martin

    Executive Director

    As Executive Director, Krista leads all business operations for Sylvan of Portsmouth and Salem, NH. and ensures that the centers and their staff have the support and resources they need. A former Client Success Manager and Sylvan Center Director, Krista chose a career in the tutoring business because she believes that learning how to learn is the most important skill a person can obtain. She studied at Skidmore College and the University of California-Santa Barbara. When Krista isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her cooking and spending time with her boyfriend, Tristan, and basset hounds, Dorothy and Tugboat, in the Lakes Region.
  • Erin Jackson, Center Director

    Erin Jackson

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Erin maintains daily operation and helps all Sylvan families make the most out of their Sylvan experience!  Erin Jackson is a former teacher of History, Technology, and ELA. She has a passion for education and believes deeply in helping every Sylvan student reach their potential! She earned her BA from Hampshire College and MEd from Boston University. She loves the New Hampshire Seacoast and loves being so close to the beach! When Erin isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her visiting museums far and wide, cooking something exotic, spending time with her family, or heading to the mountains for some hiking!
  • Caryn Fugatt, Lead Instructor

    Caryn Fugatt

    Lead Instructor

    Caryn is a Lead Instructor in Portsmouth and Rochester, NH. Caryn works with students of all ages and also supports the educational integrity of our Sylvan programs. A former sixth grade classroom teacher in Oxford, MA, Caryn brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan. She graduated from Westfield State University with a degree in Elementary Education. When Caryn isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with loved ones and enjoying her two rescue dogs.
  • Heidi Price, Lead Instructor

    Heidi Price

    Lead Instructor

    Heidi is a Lead Instructor in Portsmouth, NH with a gift for helping students succeed. While Heidi has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching Reading, Math, and Test Prep. She completed her studies at the University of New Hampshire. When Heidi isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her walking her dog and enjoying time with her two adult sons.
  • Denyelle Kilgour, Lead Instructor

    Denyelle Kilgour

    Lead Instructor

    Denyelle is a Lead Instructor in Portsmouth and Rochester, NH with a passion for sharing knowledge with students. While she has many tutoring talents, she most enjoys teaching upper level Math. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology from the University of New Hampshire. When Denyelle isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her hiking in the White Mountains, volunteering at the Center for Wildlife, or snuggled up with a book and her cat.​
  • Jillian Hannon, Tutor

    Jillian Hannon

    Tutor

    Jillian is an Instructor in Portsmouth and Rochester, NH with a talent for teaching and relating to her students. While Jillian has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in helping students with Math, Reading, and Test Prep. She studied Education at Southern New Hampshire University. When Jillian isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her enjoying the outdoors at the beach or going hiking or snowshoeing.
  • Andrea Foss, Tutor

    Andrea Foss

    Tutor

    Andrea or "Andi" is an Instructor in Portsmouth, NH and a Para-Professional with a gift for working with kids. While Andi has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring students within Sylvan's Math and Prep programs. She studied at Saint Anselm College and is currently a graduate student at Rivier University. When Andi isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her hiking, playing hockey and spending time with her friends, family, and dogs - especially at the beach!
  • Shelley Grosky, Tutor

    Shelley Grosky

    Tutor

    Shelley is an Instructor in Portsmouth and Rochester, NH and a classroom teacher at William Allen School. While Shelley has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring Beginning Reading and witnessing students' excitement when they master a difficult skill. She studied at the University of New Hampshire. When Shelley isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and two kids and attending their many musical events.
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